The fact that America needs radical change is as clear today as the path to that change is difficult to envision. For political economist Gar Alperovitz, these dual problems inform his new book, What Then Must We Do?, which attempts to outline the potential strategies and tactics that could, in fact, perform that change.
Looking for some good books to read this summer? We’ve rounded up 10 titles that inspire, educate and entertain, Shareable-style. From underground societies and futuristic sci-fi, to the first Earth Day and citizen-driven government, these titles offer an engaging look at where we are, how we got here, and how we can help determine where we’re headed.
With the sharing economy gaining more and more steam, major corporations can either hop on board or get run right over... or so says a new report from the Altimeter Group. Collaborative consumption has proven to be a lasting, widespread, and disruptive movement, which is why a number of forward-thinking companies — including Patagonia, Toyota, and NBC — have already begun incorporating sharing-based strategies into their core businesses.
Even if you have money, spending it on your date won’t always impress. Creativity and resourcefulness can score more points than dropping big money on a fancy dinner that didn’t take much thought. If you are unemployed or thrifty, that’s no reason to stay at home alone. Ask your date what they like to do and come up with a plan that shows you listened and you put in effort.
Meal sharing is nothing new. From time immemorial, people have been sitting down to eat together. But now, technology provides us with the tools to connect with people known and unknown, from all over the world, over food. We can visit places and eat with local families rather than in the hotel restaurant; we can get to know travelers by cooking them breakfast; we can strengthen ties in our neighborhoods by hosting and attending food events; we can hone our chef skills on a group of foodies; we can utilize food as a way to build community.
These policy recommendations were written by Sustainable Economies Law Center Legal Intern, Jessica Arena; Executive Director and Staff Attorney, Janelle Orsi; and City Policies Program Director, Yassi Eskandari.
Not too long before graduation, I lay in my room, reflecting on how my food, school and my apartment was paid for with money that doesn’t even exist—loans. I had been living in a fantasy world for four years. None of it seemed real because I wasn’t yet monetarily supporting my living expenses. I sat up and imagined holding a 9-to-5 job to keep this apartment, this city, and keep my material possessions upon graduation.
I was first drawn into the rental economy as a broke and car-less college student. Through my University, I received a free code for a year-long membership of Zipcar’s carsharing service. Now, six years later I am still using Zipcar but I have branched out to other car rental services like RelayRides for additional vehicle choices. I am also using Airbnb to find lodging, Netflix to watch movies, and Spinlister to find bicycles. In college, I simply couldn’t afford to buy a car, stay in a hotel, or own 100 DVDs so the rental option was an economic necessity.
Knowing that people like to share things they no longer need with their neighbors, Berto Aussems decided to construct an easy way to do so. His Free Things Box is sturdy and weatherproof, and it only comes with three rules:
- Open only during the daytime.
- Take only things you can use.
- Take only one thing at a time.
Streets, in theory, belong to everyone. But in most instances, cars dominate them, leaving cyclists and pedestrians to make do with what little space cars aren’t using. The Complete Streets movement works to change that.